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Sixty-Six Million

Nov 4, 2014
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Fresh Voices on Air commentator Shelby Hudson explores the freedoms we have compared to those of girls living in oppressive situations.    

Shelby Hudson is 15 years old and a sophomore at New Hanover High School.  She is a member of the New Hanover High School women's golf team and plays for the Cape  Fear volleyball national team.  Shelby hopes to gain admission into University of Pennsylvania's neonatal nurse practitioner program.   

A Mere 12 Days

Oct 28, 2014
Annie Gray Johnston

After many years of diet failure, commentator Annie Gray Johnston successfully completes a 12 day cleanse.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

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In the wake of student protests in Colorado over what is perceived as censorship in teaching American history, Fresh Voices on Air commentator Sam Jarden shares his thoughts on a letter sent recently by the New Hanover County School Board to parents. 

Sam Jarden ponders the ways of humankind as a senior at Hoggard High School in Wilmington.

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Autumn Migration

Oct 7, 2014
Andy Wood

For the past week, commentator Andy Wood has been watching a songbird that has been using his yard as a rest stop during its southbound autumn migration.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.  He has been sharing his natural history thoughts and observations on WHQR for 27 years. 

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Commentator Gwenyfrar Rohler shares her connection to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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UV Yay!

Oct 1, 2014
Annie Gray Johnston

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston pushes her daughter out of the nest and breathes a sigh of relief as she sings “Bon Voyage.”

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

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From Wildfire to Flood

Sep 9, 2014
Andy Wood

A few years ago we were talking about drought.  This summer the topic is flooding.  Commentator Andy Wood has a few thoughts about our new weather norms. 

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

If you have a question about today’s commentary, ask Andy in the comment box.

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Aug 21, 2014
Gwenyfar Rohler

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler recalls the impact of reading her first life-changing book, a romance novel.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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Tweet! Tweet!

Aug 14, 2014
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Are the sounds of birds the same as those heard over a hundred years ago, asks commentator Nan Graham? Or do our 2014 ears interpret them as soundtracks of cellphone rings, techno music and doorbells?

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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See What We Want To See

Aug 5, 2014
Andy Wood

There is a saying that goes something to the effect of, “we see what we want to see, and we hear what we want to hear.”  Commentator Andy Wood finds himself vulnerable to this predisposition.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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Magnolia Murder

Jul 17, 2014

Tree-hugger and commentator Nan Graham underwent a painful arboreal experience last week, suffering separation anxiety.  Her favorite magnolia tree has gone to that great magnolia grove in the sky.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute

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Commentator Shane Fernando celebrates Wilmington's community landmarks and welcomes the new kid on the block, CFCC's new performance venue.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC. He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington. 

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Deer Flies

Jul 8, 2014
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Following this year’s early visit from Hurricane Arthur, commentator Andy Wood thought about another sort of timing: this year’s late arrival of the deer fly population.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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Commentator Gwenyfrar Rohler discusses money, politics and life lessons in the land of Oz.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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Annie Gray Johnston

Sometimes life is really about just showing up.  At least according to commentator Annie Gray Johnston.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

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Me, Me, Me, Meeee...!

Jun 19, 2014

It is a linguistic epidemic…a plague among us.  OK. So it’s not exactly on the level of saving the elephants, but commentator Nan Graham wants to restore the abused objective pronoun to its rightful place. 

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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Moles

Jun 10, 2014

The North Carolina Pesticide Board recently made a declaration of moles as pests and established regulatory guidelines for their removal; a declaration that has commentator Andy Wood thinking about slippery slopes.

Commentator Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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Under the Surface of Homelessness

Jun 5, 2014
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Fresh Voices on Air commentator Elaine King explains why homelessness is such a complex issue.   

Elaine King is a senior at Hoggard High School where she is a member of the National Honors Society, President of Beta Club, and Activities Coordinator for EC Buddies. Her favorite non-profit organization to volunteer with is the "Tuesday Night Feeding Ministry". She will be attending UNC Chapel Hill in the fall.

Failure is a Powerful Tool

Jun 3, 2014
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We tend to learn more from our mistakes than from our successes.  Fresh Voices On-Air commentator Sarahbeth Eason comes to understand that breakthroughs depend on failure. 

Sarahbeth Eason is a senior at Hoggard High School. She’s received a Navy ROTC Scholarship to attend UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall. She will pursue a degree in Political Science with a focus on International Relations. Sarahbeth hopes to earn a law degree and practice International Law.

Commentator Gwenyfrar Rohler offers a more symbolic explanation of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem: The Charge of the Light Brigade.  

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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Commentator Annie Gray Johnston gives thanks to the community that made the Arts Council Designer Showhouse so successful!

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

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Our most important meal, experts and our mothers say: Breakfast! How was yours this morning?

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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Pine Wood Tree Frogs

May 6, 2014
Andy Wood

  Last week's heavy weather swept up the Atlantic seaboard bringing storms and rain to our region; encouraging frogs to sing from their spring time breeding pools.  Commentator Andy Wood ventured into a rain flooded pocosin, recorder in hand, to get a closer listen. 

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award winning environmental educator.

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Comedy of Errors

Apr 24, 2014
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Comedy of Errors is coming to Shakespeare on the Green.  Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler reflects on the playwright and the message behind this farcical comedy. 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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With disappearing airplanes, mudslides, lunatic bombers and flesh eating bacteria lurking around every corner, commentator Annie Gray Johnston wanted little control in this uncontrollable world by getting the last word....

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

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Sibling Moments

Apr 17, 2014
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Sisters Joan and Jackie Collins, brothers Jimmy and Billy Carter….how much sibling rivalry was there?  Your closest relative may be your sibling since they are the only people on earth who share exactly the same DNA says commentator Nan Graham. 

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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Just Sue Me!

Mar 25, 2014

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston considers all the reasons her kids would want to sue her.

Native Wilmingtonian Annie Gray Johnston is wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and general nut.

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Aunts in the House

Mar 20, 2014

Commentator Nan Graham can hardly remember a time when her fabulous aunts were not part of her childhood.  There was always an aunt boarder…..on board.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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Teacher

Mar 13, 2014
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Commentator Philip Gerard pays homage to the teachers that inspired him.  

Phillip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.

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Andy Wood

Commentator Andy Wood speaks for many when he says the last couple of days have been glorious, and none more than the cold-blooded reptiles, otherwise known as sliders and cooters. 

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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